Former Red Sox prospect and now UMass Dartmouth baseball assistant coach Ryan Westmoreland married his fiancée, Libby, on Friday in Newport, Rhode Island.
The couple, who obtained engaged in 2018, had postponed their unique wedding ceremony plans and as an alternative opted for an area wedding ceremony with their shut household and mates. According to Libby’s latest instagram post, the Westmorelands plan on having one other reception in July of 2021.
“There were so many important people missing, and it was certainly not the same without you, but we felt so loved, even from afar,” she wrote. “And we feel so lucky to get to do this all again on 7.8.21!”
Ryan additionally shared pictures of their wedding ceremony — with a shocking view of the ocean — on Twitter:
We do. pic.twitter.com/4NolV5YzY1
— Ryan Westmoreland (@RWesty25) June 28, 2020
The ceremonious event marks an uplifting second for the couple, who’ve handled the emotional toil of Ryan’s well being through the years.
In a feature story by The Boston Globe’s Stan Grossfeld, Ryan talked in regards to the 10 years since he underwent emergency mind surgical procedure after docs discovered a cavernous malformation. Only 19 years outdated on the time, he had been drafted by the Red Sox out of Portsmouth (R.I.) High School within the fifth spherical solely two years prior — and was thought-about one of many prime prospects and regarded as a “left-handed Mike Trout.”
His well being did enhance, and he was in a position to return to the baseball subject and take swings in opposition to skilled pitchers within the Dominican Instructional League in 2011. Unfortunately, the tumor re-formed the next 12 months, and he underwent a second surgical procedure to efficiently take away it. Once the Red Sox’ No. 1 prospect, he retired from baseball on the age of 22.
He has undergone 17 brain-related surgical procedures thus far.
Ryan, or “Westy” as he’s typically referred to as, admitted that the psychological ache turned an excessive amount of for him at instances. He even stopped watching Red Sox video games — feeling that it was too painful to see teammates he had performed with within the minors, reminiscent of Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts, whereas figuring out that he was presupposed to be alongside them.
Despite setbacks that also impact him at the moment, together with numbness on the best aspect of his physique and face, he has continued to work with docs and is targeted on sustaining his well being via training and nutrition. He’s steadily enhancing, together with trying “ripped” and having the ability to “move easily with just a slight limp.”
His psychological well being has improved, too, due to the assist of his household and Libby. The two met on a web based relationship app, and Ryan mentioned that he admires his spouse, who’s a social employee, for her emotional energy.
“She’s incredible,” Westmoreland instructed the Globe‘s Stan Grossfeld. “She’s very in tune with emotions and how to deal with trauma and different aspects of life.”
Baseball has additionally remained in his life, via teaching youth summer season league, at Portsmouth High School, and now at UMass Dartmouth. Having skilled the love and lack of having the sport taken away from him, Ryan shares his expertise with youthful athletes and hopes to assist them “in life” as properly.
Around the time of the anniversary of his analysis, he typically has a vivid dream of taking part in at Fenway:
“I just dreamed of running out to center field at Fenway with a packed house,” he mentioned. “Everything is silent and in slow motion. I’m just seeing everyone and thinking ‘I made it!’”